This article showcases our top picks for the best United Kingdom based Brewing companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Brewing industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top United Kingdom Brewing Companies
BrewDog is a craft beer brewery based in Scotland that produces bottled and canned beers in a variety of styles. Back in 2007, James and Martin said sayonara to industrially brewed lagers and stuffy ales and – after brewing their first batch of beer in James’ garage – set about making hardcore beers full time.
Both only 24 at the time, James and Martin leased a building, got some scary bank loans and spent all their money on stainless steel. Luckily the gamble paid off and after just three years, BrewDog has managed to kick-start the UK craft beer revolution and with wave upon wave of cool, contemporary and progressive beers continues to challenge perceptions of beer and brewing the world over..
Naked Wines invests in independent winemakers from around the world, in return for exclusive wines at preferential prices – which they pass on to YOU. They offer NEXT working day delivery throughout the UK from just £4.99 and offer a full money back guarantee on all their wines i.e.
LOVE what you taste or get all your dosh back.. .
Innis & Gunn
Innis & Gunn is Scotland’s most awarded and best loved independent brewer. A unique discovery, our beer’s distinctive depth of flavour owes a debt to good fortune.
In 2002 a whisky distiller approached us for help seasoning their oak casks with the sweet, malty character of a full-flavoured beer. Eager to assist, they created a custom-made recipe and the resulting brew was put to bed in their barrels.
30 days on, the beer was thrown out and the whisky went in. During this process the scotch acquired extra qualities from the beer infused wooden casks, resulting in a greatly admired dram..
Camden Town Brewery
Camden Town Brewery is an online retailer that sells beer to its users. The website enables its users to locate breweries and beer for sale in their local area as well as purchase a range of beers, including lager and ale.
Furthermore, it provides its users with information on beer drinking events. Camden Town Brewery was founded in 2010 by Jasper Cuppaidge and is based in England..
The Bellfield Brewery
Bellfield Brewery is a gluten-free craft brewery that produces beer in small batches. It uses traditional brewing methods combined with non-traditional ingredients in the process of manufacturing beer.
Its products are also available to purchase online. Founded in 2014 by Alistair Brown and Giselle Dye, Bellfield Brewery is headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland..
West Berkshire Brewery
West Berkshire Brewery is known for their award-winning range of traditional cask ales and bottled beers having won more than 40 awards since they struck their first brew in 1995! Their reputation is built on the quality of their product and the service that they offer to their customers. They also have a clear ethos concerning their impact on the environment and they strive to make their business as sustainable as possible; it’s more than just a brewing process, it’s the way they do business as well.
With this in mind, the majority of their ingredients are sourced locally, supporting the local economy and caring for the environment.. .
Sandows is premium cold brew coffee brewed in London. Named after the Victorian strongman Eugen Sandow, who went to great lengths and used painstaking methods to achieve his goals.
His ethos is reflected in their process and the end result.. .
Ascot Brewing Company is a multi award-winning, Surrey based micro-brewery established in 2007. They brew with unbridled passion using the finest blended malts and whole flower hops to bring you unique beers of exceptional quality.
Their love of traditional English ales and craft beers has inspired their line-up of core beers and seasonal releases.. .
Mad Squirrel Company started from humble beginnings in Hertford, North Hertfordshire in 2010. Building a major reputation for dark beers and American IPA’s, with the initial launch of London Porter and Redwood IPA, both of which have achieved major Camra Gold Medals.
London Porter has also achieved a bronze medal in the National Winter Beer Championships, making it one of the most award winning porters in the United Kingdom. Mad Squirrel continued to increase its range of core beers and its reputation.
Taking influence from both the traditional and innovative brewing styles of the UK, Europe, and America, beers such as Hopfest, Mister Squirrel, and Jack Black IPA joined the core line up. These were created after much experimentation by our brewing team, producing craft beers of exceptional quality using premium hops and methods from around the world..
Daisy Green Collection
The Daisy Green Collection brings relaxed and buzzing Australian food and coffee culture to London. Through individually designed cafes and restaurants, the Collection creates iconic spaces which quickly become local destinations and meeting points for surrounding residents and visitors.
From the first coffee of the day to award winning brunch, to evening dinner and drinks, Daisy Green provides a unique, uplifting Australian experience.. .
The Five Points Brewing Company
The Five Points Brewing Company is an independent brewery based in Hackney, London, brewing with a commitment to quality and the community since 2013. They champion flavour, provenance, consistency and quality, and their range of award-winning beers are unfiltered and unpasteurised for a better flavour and aroma.
Their beers are inspired by the founders’ passion for both the British real ale tradition and the best of the international craft beer movement. Their flagship beers are complemented by regular limited and small batch releases including their barrel-aged project.
They are committed to the local and wider community – they were the first brewery in the UK to be an accredited Living Wage Employer and are proud to pay the London Living Wage. All their electricity is sourced from 100% renewable sources.
Tehy helped to establish an apprenticeship scheme for training brewers and they work to support local charitable, arts and community projects.. .
Here at Charbrew, they are slightly eccentric about creating fantastic tasting products. Jetting around the world with their trusty travel kettle, they find and use only the best leaves and fruits to bring you healthy treats for your taste buds.
As well as being good for you, all their teas are good for the planet; they only use ingredients from sustainable sources and all their bags are biodegradable. But enough chatting! It’s time to put the kettle on, your feet up and discover for yourself their exciting range of healthy infusions..
Emily and Matt have decades of combined coffee and alcohol industry experience. Fitch Brew Co was born out of the dream to explore the synergies between these two industries.
The process used to make Fitch Cold Brew creates a coffee product unlike no other. It all starts with quality coffee beans, roasted and ground speciﬁcally, to extract exceptional ﬂavour.
In cold-brewing heat is replaced with an extended brewing period (>20 hours). Once the beans are fully saturated the liquid is ﬁltered to remove any sediment leaving a smooth and clean cold brew coffee product..
Adnams Bio Energy
Adnams is probably best-known as a brewer of beer in the coastal town of Southwold in Suffolk. Whilst brewing remains at the heart of Adnams, They also make a range of award-winning spirits, from the same locally-sourced grains as they make their beers, in their Copper House Distillery.
Their gin and vodka were named the World’s Best by the IWSC in 2013 and 2014! Adnams own and manage a number of pubs and inns as well as The Swan Hotel in Southwold.. .
Wild Card Brewery
Wild Card Brewery was founded on the back of a hobby that got way out of hand. Starting out as cuckoo brewers trading on the back of a personal credit card, the outfit is an unlikely success stories that punches well above it’s weight.
With the backing of peer-to-peer lending from local supporters, the brewery moved into it’s own site in Walthamstow in January 2014 where it operates a six brewers barrel kit.. .
Derby Brewing Company
Derby Brewing Company Limited produces hand crafted ales. The company’s products include wines, spirits, and beers.
It also merchandises men’s and women’s blue and white polo t shirts. The company sells its products through pubs and outlets.
Derby Brewing Company Limited was founded in 2004 and is based in Derby, the United Kingdom.. .
Stroud Brewery began in 2006, renting a small unit in Thrupp, on the edge of Stroud, a vibrant Cotswold town. Greg Pilley set out with a vision to brew delicious beer with integrity – a thriving enterprise that would support the community, the environment and other local businesses.
They now produce a broad range of organic beers in cask, keg, bottles and cans, sold across the UK and with growing interest from overseas. They have brewed some amazing beers, and won some great awards to prove it.
They have an informal bar at the brewery. They enjoy creating an atmosphere where everyone can relax and enjoy our organic beer, other local or organic drinks and wood fired pizzas..
Sellar is the new trade ordering experience for breweries selling beer directly to trade customers. It offers an end-to-end experience for customers, which allows them to stay connected right through from order to delivery.
The company was founded in 2019 and is currently headquartered in London, England, United Kingdom.. .
SouthBourne Brewing is a Bournemouth based premium ale producer, founded by Jennifer Tingay. Jennifer will build on her crowdfunding success, by opening a new headquarters in the heart of Bournemouth.
Their new premises will include a dedicated 20-barrel brewery, which will be equipped with its own taprooms and visitor center.. .
Marston’s PLC is a brewery and pub operator. We’ve been running pubs and brewing beer in one form or another for over 180 years.
Now we’ve got 13,000 people working for us and many more in partnership with us, and they all share our passion.. .
HEINEKEN is the world’s most international brewer. It is the leading developer and marketer of premium beer and cider brands.
Led by the Heineken® brand, the Group has a portfolio of more than 300 international, regional, local and speciality beers and ciders. They are committed to innovation, long-term brand investment, disciplined sales execution and focused cost management..
Charles Wells spent 140 years brewing distinctive beers and serving customers in our welcoming pubs. It produces and exports beers and ales.
It also operates a pub chain across the United Kingdom and France. The company was founded in 1876 and is based in Bedford, United Kingdom..
Bairds Malt suppliers of high quality malt products to all sectors of the Brewing and Distilling Industries across the globe. Bairds Malt has a total production capacity of over 250,000 tonnes per year.
Bairds Malt commissioned its new Arbroath malt house in January 2010, expanding the company’s capacity by 57,000 tonnes to supply the growing demand for high quality malt to the Scottish distilling sector.. .
Wells & Young’s Brewery
Wells & Young’s Brewery brings together the brewing heritage of the Wells beers and Young & Co’s. The Company brews and distributes a wide range of beers.
Wells & Young’s offers shirts, pint glasses, back packs, umbrellas, golfing merchandise, assorted drip mats, bottle labels, miniature trucks, and books through its online shop. Wells & Young’s Brewing Company extends services the United Kingdom..
Marston, Thompson & Evershed Ltd.
Marston, Thompson & Evershed Ltd. operates as an independent brewer and retailer.
Marston, Thompson & Evershed Ltd. produces and markets its own beer brands, handles its Free Trade and all Trade servicing activities, runs tenanted pubs, and operates managed houses..
The Cultured Bean is a family run café. They aim to offer our customers, honest homemade cooking along with a wonderful variety of drinks and beverages.
Working for one of Manchester’s oldest private member’s clubs for the last 38 years, Roger brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and a passion for food and wine.. .
May and Brett
May & Brett Ltd. was founded in 1935 by the late Basil May and Hubert Brett.
We are Nigel and Julian May, the third generation of May’s to run the store. Our Father Douglas, who has now retired, worked in the shop with his father and Uncle after qualifying as a Professional Printer at the London College of Printing.
We are a Department store in the busy market town of Great Dunmow in Essex, home of the ancient Flitch Trials.. .
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